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BendUnited States of America

Plenty of outdoor attractions, scenic views and a lively urban atmosphere make this mountain town one of central Oregon’s most popular destinations.

Bordered by the Deschutes River, surrounded by high desert and settled between the peaks of the Cascade Range, Bend is one of central Oregon’s most scenic towns. With a ski resort, bikeways, watersports and hot springs, it's the perfect spot for outdoor adventure or a relaxing getaway.

Originally named “Farewell Bend” after its location on the Deschutes River, Bend began as a lumber town. Take the family on a cycling tour of the area on the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway or ride through downtown following the Urban Trail System.

In summer, rent a canoe or kayak and float down the Deschutes River or try whitewater rafting if you are feeling adventurous. Children can learn to fish at Shevlin Park, which has a trout pond reserved solely for minors to fish from.

Explore Lava Lands Visitor Center at Newberry National Volcanic Monument and learn about the volcanic activity that has shaped the region for millennia. Afterwards, recharge with a relaxing soak in the Paulina Hot Springs Lake.

In winter, head up to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, which is located just 22 miles (32.2 kilometers) outside the town center. Ski or snowboard down some of the 88 runs. Non-skiers can ride down the slopes on a dog sled, snowmobile or snow tube.

Bend offers more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon. Embark on the Bend Ale Trail and savor malts and India pale ales from some of the town’s best breweries. Enjoy the variety of restaurants, shops and galleries that line the streets downtown. Public art installations are located throughout Bend, so there is plenty to see as you walk down the streets.

The town of Bend is a 3-hour scenic drive from Portland, Oregon’s state capital. The closest airport is in Redmond, a 20-minute drive north. Bend’s agreeable climate, picturesque location and lively atmosphere make it an unmissable destination.

Where to stay in Bend

Drake Park featuring a park

Old Bend

If you're spending some time in Old Bend, Drake Park and Des Chutes Historical Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Old Bend
Old Mill District featuring kayaking or canoeing and a river or creek

Southern Crossing

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Southern Crossing, you might make a stop by sights like Old Mill District and Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Southern Crossing
Larkspur, Bend, Oregon, United States of America

Larkspur

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Larkspur, you might make a stop by sights like Bend Rock Gym and Pilot Butte State Park.

Larkspur
Century West, Bend, Oregon, United States of America

Century West

While Century West may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Les Schwab Amphitheater and Old Mill District.

Century West
Orchard District, Bend, Oregon, United States of America

Orchard District

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Orchard District, you might make a stop by sights like Pilot Butte State Park and Bend River Promenade.

Orchard District
Boyd Acres, Bend, Oregon, United States of America

Boyd Acres

While visiting Boyd Acres, you might make a stop by sights like Sun Mountain Fun Center and Bend River Promenade.

Boyd Acres

Top hotels in Bend

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
3.5 out of 5
3075 N. Business 97, Bend, OR
The price is Rs6,623 per night

Located in Orchard District, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tower Theatre, Drake Park and Old Mill District. Les Schwab Amphitheater and Deschutes ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,651 reviews)

"The size of our roon was amazing. Willy was great. He jumped to help us get tv and got us a log for an awesome evening fire!!!"…"

Reviewed on 19 May 2020

Riverhouse on the Deschutes
Dunes Motel
Dunes Motel
2 out of 5
1515 NE 3rd St, Bend, OR
The price is Rs4,257 per night

Located in Orchard District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Downtown Bend Business Association and Tower Theatre. Old Mill District and Deschutes Brewery ...

3.7/5Good! (608 reviews)

"It was a really good basic stay. Not a resort but I needed a nice, clean bed and that’s exactly what I got!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Dunes Motel
Old Mill & Suites
Old Mill & Suites
2.5 out of 5
904 SE Third Street, Bend, OR
The price is Rs3,722 per night

Located in Larkspur, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bend Rock Gym, Old Mill District and Les Schwab Amphitheater. Bend Factory Stores and Des Chutes Historical ...

3.2/5 (519 reviews)

"It was cozy and ckmfortable . all except they didnt have a plug in the bathroom for the hairdryer that they supplied even. Lol. Plus the pool/hottub was soo full of chlorine it was hard to stay longer than 5 min."…"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2020

Old Mill & Suites

Popular places to visit in Bend

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort
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Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort

Plummet down steep slopes at this popular Oregon skiing location. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the pine-covered Cascade Mountains.

Old Mill District
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Old Mill District

Nature and society converge in one of Bend’s most charming neighborhoods, which features stunning views and a lively cultural scene.

Smith Rock State Park
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Smith Rock State Park

Explore the great outdoors at Smith Rock State Park, a lovely green space in Terrebonne. Stroll along the riverfront or discover the area's mountain views.

Mt Bachelor
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Mt Bachelor

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Mt Bachelor during your travels in La Pine. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Deschutes National Forest
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Deschutes National Forest

4/5(1 review)

Find out why the natural wonderland that runs along Oregon’s iconic Cascade Mountains attracts over 8 million nature-loving visitors each year.

Widgi Creek Golf Club
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Widgi Creek Golf Club

Play a round of golf at Widgi Creek Golf Club and enjoy other activities in Bend such as skiing. Stroll along the riverfront in this family-friendly area or visit its lively breweries.

Reviews of Bend

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20 Jul 2019

Felt a very safe, clean town. Liked shopping in the Old Mill district.

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